GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The first Thursday in May is designated as National Day of Prayer, where Americans of all denominations are encouraged to pray for the United States of America.
On Thursday, prayer services were held across the country in churches or other public locations for all community members to come out and pray as one.
Faith based communities in Spartanburg hosted prayer services at the Beacon Drive-In on John B White Senior Boulevard starting at 12 noon.
At 5 p.m. in Greenville, First Presbyterian Church of Greenville hosted a prayer service event, for one thousand attendees. The event time was pushed back in order to accommodate more people’s schedules.
The church gave Chick-fil-a boxed meals and child care to those registered online.
Then at 5:45 p.m. a prelude of music by singer-songwriter Steve Eager kicked off the event with service that started at 6:30pm in the church’s sanctuary.
The tradition of National Day of Prayer started more than 60 years ago.
The 2019 Day of Prayer theme was “Love one another,” something that First Presbyterian Day of Prayer Organizer, Tammy Burkhalter, said is something everyone should aim for in everyday life.
“Even though ‘love one another’ sounds very simple and basic, it is a very powerful thing and if we think about the whole community coming together to love one another, what a difference it would make,” Burkhalter said.
Burkhalter added the goal of their National Day of Prayer events is future services to be hosted in a large nondenominational setting, so all faiths and people would come and feel invited.